Definition of “flee” - English Dictionary

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“flee” in British English

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fleeverb [ I or T, never passive ]

uk /fliː/ us /fliː/ present participle fleeing, past tense and past participle fled

C1 to escape by running away, especially because of danger or fear:

She fled (from) the room in tears.
In order to escape capture, he fled to the mountains.
flee the country

to quickly go to another country in order to escape from something or someone:

It is likely that the suspects have fled the country by now.

More examples

  • Every year thousands of people flee the big cities in search of the rural idyll.
  • War, famine and oppression have forced people in the region to flee from their homes.
  • Thousands of fugitives are fleeing from the war-torn area.
  • Hundreds of people have left their devastated villages and fled to the mountains.
  • Thousands of refugees fled across the border.

(Definition of “flee” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“flee” in American English

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fleeverb [ I/T ]

us /fli/ past tense and past participle fled /fled/

to escape by running away, esp. because of danger or fear:

[ I ] An FBI spokesman said Stewart fled before police arrived.

(Definition of “flee” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)